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About CAPM®

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In 2003 PMI began offering an additional certification called the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®). The exam for the CAPM® is easier than the PMP® exam, requires less experience to qualify to take it, but covers the same topics as the PMP® exam. PMI®’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.

There are two major differences; the CAPM® exam has only 150 questions and it is less situational than the PMP® exam (people going for the CAPM® do not have enough experience to answer situational questions). Whether you are new to project management, or already serving as a subject matter expert on project teams, the CAPM® can get your career on the right path or take it to the next level.

Who should apply?

If you’re a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects and earn additional responsibility, and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM® certification is right for you.

CAPM® Eligibility Overview

To apply for the CAPM®, you need to have:

A secondary degree (high school diploma or the global equivalent) AND At least 1,500 hours of project experience


23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

This is an overview of the requirements. For complete details regarding the CAPM® eligibility requirements, please view the CAPM® Handbook for further details at PMI® website.

PMI® Global Centers

Four Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA, Telephone: +1 610 356 4600 (Option 8 from the phone menu), Fax: +1 610 356 4647, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Service Centre, Avenue de Tervueren 300, B-1150 Brussels Belgium, Telephone +32 2 743 1573, Fax +32 2 743 1550, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asia Pacific Service Centre, 73 Bukit Timah Road, #03-01 Rex House, Singapore 229832, Telephone: +65 6330 6733, Fax: +65 6336 2263, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Re-Examination Form may be used for one year from the date of the last examination. Once the re-examination fee is processed, a new eligibility letter containing detailed scheduling information will be sent to your email address. Candidates who apply for re-examination will receive the balance of the time remaining in their eligibility period and not another full year.

How to apply? 

How to appear for the exam?

PMI PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition

PMI released the new 5th Edition of PMBOK® Guide (the Project Management Body of Knowledge®) on January, 2013. The new PMI® certifications (PMP®, PgMP® and CAPM®) will now be based on the 5th Edition after July 31, 2013. The new edition tries to bring 1) more harmonization with other relevant PMI® standards such as Program Management, Portfolio Management and Scheduling 2) ensures consistency with ISO 21500 and RDS. The other notable changes are:

  • Expands to cover 47 processes from 42, and to cover 10 Knowledge Areas from 9. 32 of the 4th Edition’s 42 processes had some changes
  • Project Communications Management is split into two knowledge areas
  • A new section 3 is added to put more emphasis is placed on relationship of Project Management to Program Management, Portfolio Management, and Organizational Management
  • The terms “Work Performance Data”, “Work Performance Information”, and “Work Performance Reports” were aligned with the DIKW (Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom) model used in Knowledge Management
  • Changes to Planning Processes: 4 processes added (Plan Scope Management, Plan Schedule Management, Plan Cost Management, Plan Stakeholder Management)
  • Changes to Controlling Processes: 2 processes added (Control Communications, Control Stakeholder Engagement)
  • Changes to Communications Processes: 2 processes merged into one (Distribute Information and Report Performance to Manage Communications)
  • Two processes reallocated from Communications Management to Stakeholder Management
  • Verify Scope is changed to Validate Scope
  • Administer Procurement is changed to Control Procurement
  • Direct and Manage Project Execution is changed to Direct and Manage Project Work


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